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ancient art, post-Antique collecting

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Collecting of antiquities began in the ancient period itself with the art collections of the Hellenistic dynasts and Romans of the republican and imperial periods (see art Market, ancient)....

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antique

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Pertaining to Graeco-Roman Antiquity, or the Classical civilizations of the Graeco-Roman world.

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Baccio Bandinelli

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(b Florence, 12 Nov. 1493; d Florence, 7 Feb. 1560).

Florentine sculptor, painter, and draughtsman. He was a favourite of the Medici family, but he is remembered more for his...

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Belvedere Torso

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A marble fragment showing the torso and upper legs of a powerful male figure seated on a rock, now in the Vatican Museums and named after the Belvedere Court in the Vatican in which it was...

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Berruguete

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Spanish artists, father and son, who are respectively associated with the beginnings of the Renaissance and Mannerist styles in their country. Pedro (b Paredes de Nava, nr. Valladolid, c.14...

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Classical Tradition

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[This entry includes three subentries, on classical influences on Western art, music, and film and television.]

Ancient art, literature, history, and culture never...

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Farnese Bull

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Ancient marble sculpture group (probably a Roman copy of a Greek original of c.150 bc), once part of the Farnese collection and now in the Archaeological Museum in Naples. The subject,...

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forgery

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A sharp way of raising some of the problems of aesthetic theory is to ask why fakes and forgeries, however good, are typically valued much less highly than originals. The difference may...

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G. E. Lessing

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(1729–81)

German dramatist and critic. Lessing is not remembered for any first-rate philosophy, but he was a major influence on German thinking of his time. His Laokoön (1766)...

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Hagesander

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Rhodian sculptors, active between 50 bc and ad 25. Pliny, Naturalis historia 36. 37f. mentions them as the authors of the Laocoön, found in Rome in 1516 and immensely influential ...

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